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In Case You Missed It:  The Center for Women Veterans is sharing recent news stories that may be of interest to women Veterans, military women, and their supporters on a weekly basis.  Share your thoughts about them on social media @VAWomenVets.


03/16/2020 08:30 AM EDT

This week’s episode of Borne The Battle features Army Veteran Hallie Johnston, who shared some insight into her military career as a black hawk helicopter pilot, her transition to civilian life, and her purpose for joining and becoming a board member at Carry the Load. Carry the Load was founded by two Navy SEAL Veterans, Steven Holley and Clint Bruce. [From VAntage Point]

03/15/2020 11:31 AM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Wilma L. Vaught, who accomplished many firsts for women during her nearly 29-year military career. Born March 15, 1930, Wilma Vaught earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign before earning a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Wilma!

03/14/2020 11:31 AM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Ana Claudio, who served in the Middle East during Operation Enduring Freedom on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ana Claudio hailed from Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Puerto Rico when she was a teenager. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Ana!

03/12/2020 02:00 PM EDT

Air Force Veteran Susan Feland created AcademyWomen, a 501c3 non-profit organization and community dedicated to empowering aspiring women Veteran leaders. Today, there are over 210,000 women serving in the active duty military (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force), and another 5,955 serving in the Active Coast Guard. [From VAntage Point]

03/11/2020 05:18 PM EDT

By now, you’ve heard about the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, that’s causing illness around the world. Fortunately, VA is ready. We have plans in place to protect everyone who gets care, visits or works at one of our facilities. [From VAntage Point]

03/11/2020 04:01 PM EDT

The White House VA Hotline’s (1-855-948-2311) newest graduating class of agents started taking live calls this week and immediately put to use their weeks of extensive VA benefits and health care training. This class, a group of seven talented women, began listening to the concerns and experiences of Veterans and their families nationwide-and quickly fit right in. This seamless ‘right fit’ integration is by design. The consensus among Veterans is they want to talk to other Veterans. [From VAntage Point]

03/11/2020 01:13 PM EDT

Hello, I’m Robert Wilkie, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. I’m honored to help celebrate Women’s History Month, pay tribute to women Veterans, and thank our VA women Veteran employees. Women’s history and VA history are inextricably linked. In 1867, Emma Miller was appointed as the first woman employee of what would become VHA, when she was appointed as matron of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio. [From VAntage Point]

03/11/2020 11:31 AM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Sherry Wilcox, who served as an engineman and now works as a printing services specialist for VA. Sherry Wilcox enlisted in the Navy in 1981 a year after she graduated high school. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Sherry!

03/11/2020 09:51 AM EDT

The passing of the 19th Amendment was a pivotal point in the history of women’s rights. The ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1920 paved the way for women to vote and is one of many historical milestones shaped, in part, by ladies who have served. “That amendment passed in large part due to the service of women during World War I and every other major war,” writes Elizabeth M. Collins of the Defense Media Activity. [From VAntage Point]

03/10/2020 04:39 PM EDT

Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety is a top priority, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said at the American Legion Winter Conference March 10 in Washington, D.C. With Coronavirus dominating national news, Wilkie addressed VA’s response to the situation, including prevention steps at VA medical centers. [From VAntage Point]